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It took me too much time, and perspiration to put it up, to have some sarta$$ undo it all so quickly!
btw: new pics up, another room done :>
So now I Think it won't rain inside anymore (like it did all saturday).
What sucks though is that the shingles I bought are new and not sunfaded like the rest so you can tell there's a new patch.
But at least I don't have to get upset every time it rains and gets everything in my shed wet.
Our septic system is completely shot. We're now looking at a large expense for a complete replacement. It's *almost* a worst case scenario -- and the only reason I qualified it with an "almost" is because there's no backup into the house -- yet. But there is effluent bubbling to the surface. Yuck.
You can tell the system is failing just by the smell. A properly functioning tank smells like the stuff that's bubbling to the surface -- kind of like compost or manure but a little less sweet. Today when they opened it up it just smelled like 500 gallons of shit. When they began pumping it, effluent flowed back into the tank from both ends, indicating that the field is failing *and* it's starting to back up into the main line from the house. Not good.
And unfortunately, here in Uncensoredland it's one of those things where if you touch it at all, it has to meet the same code as a new installation. There's no room for a field expansion in the current location, *and* the tank is undersized ... so we are probably going to have to put in a completely new system on the other side of the yard.
This will probably involve an electric pump due to the way the property is laid out. If we don't move within the next couple of years, I'll probably end up buying a generator because of that.
Right now we're struggling with the decision about whether we want to move or build an addition. Common sense tells us to move, but we're very attached to our current neighborhood -- it's full of friendly people and kids the same age as ours, it's very quiet and low-traffic ... a picture-perfect place for middle class suburban folk like us to raise a family. Either way, though, we have to replace the septic ... knowingly selling a house with a faulty system is grounds for a lawsuit.
But, since we have to install a new septic no matter what ...
1. We will make sure to avoid the planned location of the addition when siting the new system, so we can still build there if we want to.
2. A new expansion possibility is now open. We now have the option of replacing our detached garage with an attached garage plus living space above it. This wasn't previously an option, since the existing septic tank is underneath the floor of the garage. We could even jumpstart the process by lighting a match the next time we have the tank pumped. The garage would simply explode.
I like explosions.
Most people stir shit. IG sears it.
lol... IG: good luck! sorry bout the expense! :(
that's the one scary thing about owning stuff. when it breaks, you gotta deal with it.
We have two problems:
1. The drain field has stopped (or at least significantly slowed) draining.
2. The tank is way too small.
There's no room for a new field in the current location (to the left of the garage ... for all we know, the current field might even be partially sited in one or more of the adjoining properties) so we have to build on the other side. There's no point in going out of the house, all the way to one end of the yard to an undersized, aging tank, and then all the way to the other side to get to the drain field.
We still have to meet with the contractor, but the general plan is likely to involve:
1. Route the main line out the other direction (this will involve tearing up part of the patio)
2. Install a larger tank in the backyard. The newer tanks are not only larger, but typically dual-chambered for two stage treatment.
3. Install a larger drain field along the far end of the property. Due to the slight slope in that direction, this will involve an electric pump.
If we stay here, the electric pump will provide the excuse I need to buy a generator. :)
tank is underneath the floor of the garage. We could even jumpstart
the process by lighting a match the next time we have the tank pumped.
The garage would simply explode. I like explosions.
I didn't realize you could put a septic under a garage. I thought it had to be in open space.